About this listing
‣ Newly renovated maison de village
‣ Historical centre of chic, magnificent Uzès
‣ Rare views of towers of Uzès
‣ Accommodates 1-4
‣ Complimentary tickets for swimming pool
‣ Also ideal for extended stays
COMFORTABLE, AFFORDABLE TOWN HOUSE WITH VIEWS >>
The 18th century town house has just been renovated and features a loggia with a kitchen and rare views of the towers of the ducal palace, the so-called Duché.
Apart from the loggia, the house has a comfortable first floor sitting room, a bedroom with a toilet and sink on the second floor, and a wet room with shower, storage and a washing machine.
There's a TV with international channels, free wifi, free calls to land lines in Europe and North America, and a bicycle that you are welcome to use.
A good friend jokingly calls the decorative style "modern monastic". I've worked hard to retain and highlight the old stone walls, beams and other features and decorated it with mainly Scandinavian furniture.
Please take note that the house has four levels and stairs must not be a problem for you.
GATEWAY TO BEAUTY, HISTORY >>
No. 2 on The Guardian's Holiday Hotspots: Where To Go in 2014, Uzès is often called "the Frenchman’s own holiday paradise." Experience and enjoy Uzès' Utopian relaxed charm: narrow streets with carefully restored houses, tree-lined squares with medieval arcades and an abundance of cafes, restaurants and chic shopping.
It's an easy place to stay content but also a perfect base for day trips in an area packed with cultural and natural gems, including Mediterranean beaches, Avignon, Nimes, Montpellier, the Camargue, Aix-en-Provence, Baux-de-Provence, Arles and Marseille.
In actual fact, once visitors arrive in Uzès most prefer to stay put. In the words of another friend: "Uzès is a trap. You'll never leave." Many return again and again - and some of us fall so much in love we end up getting a second home.
The house is situated in a quiet and beautiful pedestrianized street in Uzès' historical centre, a great starting point for tranquil walks in the aristocratic town's labyrinthine core.
There's a friendly salon de thé round the corner, an Italian who serves great coffees further down the street and whole list of restaurants and cafés on the boulevard and in the alleyways, not forgetting the market on the Place aux Herbes Wednesdays and Saturdays and Uzès' famous quality antique and craft shops.
Although Uzès in many ways retains a feeling of living as a separate Utopian fiefdom that makes you not want to leave at all, it is in fact well-connected with the outside world.
Direct busses to Nimes TGV station in the city centre take less than half an hour and cost 1.30EUR. Busses to Avignon are 45 minutes and also stop at the unmissable Pont du Gard World Heritage site.
TO AND FROM UZÈS >>
Uzès is conveniently located close to France’s major highways A9 and A7.
If you’re travelling from abroad you may find it easier and faster to get to the south of France by plane or train, via for example Paris, Marseille, Montpellier, Nimes or Avignon.
TGV trains run from Paris to Avignon or Nimes in less than three hours. Cheap tickets at the IDTGV website. Normal fare tickets at the SNCF website.
Other Things to Note
EASY PARKING >>
Paid outdoor parking (€3.60 a day) is a one minute walk away behind the archbishop's palace. Paid subterranean parking (€10 a day) is also round the corner, on the Boulevard.
For free parking you'll have to walk about five minutes to the rue Saint-Firmin area.
No smoking & no pets
No parties or loud music after 10 p.m. out of courtesy to our neighbours.
LET US KNOW:
If you break something you will be charged for the cost of repairing or replacing it. If something isn’t working properly in the house, we kindly ask you to get in touch with us so we can arrange to get it fixed.
CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT:
As a rule you’re welcome at the house on Saturdays after 15.00, not much earlier as the cleaning will be in process.
To give sufficient time for cleaning etc., we also ask that you leave the house around 11.00 on the day of your departure. If you plan to stay on in Uzès for the market on Saturday morning you are welcome to leave your luggage on the ground floor, as long as you pick it up before the next guests arrive.
On check-out, lock the front door and leave the main key in the safety box, locking it securely by turning the number dial away from the code.
The key to the house is in a small safe, mounted on the exterior wall of the house, just next to the handle. Instructions on how to retrieve the keys will follow closer to the time of your stay.
ARRIVING AT RUE SAINT ROMAN:
It is possible to drive a car from the Boulevard into Rue Plan de l’Oume and the house on the corner of Rue Saint Roman if you’re an experienced driver in very narrow streets. Otherwise we recommend parking at the parking lots and carrying luggage to the house. It’s not far.
We kindly ask you to vacate the house before 11.00 to give the cleaner time to prepare the house for our next guests. Please note there is a mandatory departure cleaning charge of €40 Euros included in your rental price.
BE CAREFUL ON THE STAIRS: THE HOUSE HAS FOUR LEVELS
N.B. The stairs ARE steep. Please always take very good care when using them and mind your head when going up to the Loggia Floor.
Ground floor: ENTRANCE W. SHOWER, BASIN AND WASHING MACHINE
1st floor: SITTING ROOM W. SOFA BED
2nd floor: BEDROOM, TOILET
3rd floor: LOGGIA & KITCHEN
Basement: Off-limits. Please don’t enter. It’s dark, very deep and halfway down the stairs stop.
I suggest unpacking what you need and leaving suitcases on the Ground Floor. There is also limited storage space with a few shelves and hangers by the bed in the bedroom.
Fuse box and main switch can be found on the Ground Floor to the left of the window.
TOWELS & LINEN, DUVETS & PILLOWCASES:
Extra towels and linen can be found under the bed. In the South of France, most people will find it too hot to sleep with duvets in the summer so the bed will be made simply with a flat sheet. However, if you do require duvets they can be found in the storage space in the sofa bed.
TEA TOWELS & NAPKINS & CUTLERY:
Tea towels/napkins: right cupboard under the sink on the Loggia Floor. Cutlery: Left drawer of the worktop.
Please note that cycles on European washing machines are much longer than Australian and American. A run can easily last up to two hours so don’t panic when it goes on (website hidden)/DVD:
Because there is only one SCART entry on the TV, if you want to watch a DVD you need to disconnect the scart cable (the one with the black rectangular head) from the Cable TV Box and connect it to the DVD player instead. Please reconnect the cable to the Cable TV Box again as it was after use.
Right cupboard under the sink on the Loggia Floor.
There’s a CD player on the Loggia Floor and a small selection of classical, jazz, contemporary and world music CDs.
See last page for images on how to pull out sofa bed.
FREE CALLS & WIFI:
There is a wireless telephone in the house on the Sitting Room Floor. Note that calls to landline numbers in Europe, Australia & USA are free. Calls to mobile phones are not. Find the full list of countries with free calls to land lines here: (website hidden)
The number at the house is (phone number hidden) (or (phone number hidden) calls from within France).
There is free wifi internet in the house.
WIFI Network: 19ruesaintroman.
The router can be found in the corner behind the sofa in the Sitting Room if you need to reboot it.
In the hot summer months the trick to stay cool is to keep the shutters on the Sitting Room floor closed during the day and keep the blinds down in front of the sliding doors on the Loggia Floor. You leave them open at your peril!
You can leave the windows open BEHIND the shutters in the Sitting Room but at night, when you sleep, and when you are out of the house make sure the shutters are securely closed.
Recycling bins can be found on the corner of Boulevard Charles Gide and rue du Collège, next to the entrance to the Parking Gide.
Paid outdoor parking is on the Promenade des Marroniers, two minutes’ walk from the house. As you circle the town take the first (sharp) right turn after the Cathedral where the road divides – and turn into the parking area. Price Euro 3.60 a day.
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There’s also paid parking at the Parking Gide on the Boulevard Charles Gide, again two minutes from the house. Here you can park underground at Euro 11.00 a day.
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For free parking choose the streets around rue Saint-Firmin or rue Druoda. It’s a 5 minute walk back to the house. Click this link to find the location on (website hidden) Maps: (website hidden)
QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE:
Hopefully your stay will be a smooth and enjoyable one with no problems.
However, if you do have questions or if there is anything I can help you with, don’t hesitate to contact us by email – (email hidden) - or sms - (phone number hidden).
I will respond as quickly as possible.
The first floor sitting room overlooks two pedestrianised streets in the historical centre.
Merci pour ce joli appartement très bien aménagé, original avec une petite pièce par étage. Beaucoup aimé.
Alexander's apartment is as described in his listing.....it is very well equipped,attractively furnished and a great location in the centre of Uzes
Alexander was great to deal with,with any queries being answered immediately. His house manual is most comprehensive and although he is not on site every question you may have is answered here.
Parking was no problem with the underground parking a very easy 5 minutes away
A charming home in the magical gem of uzès. Wish I could spend the summer here! Alexander was a thoughtful and thorough host, would come again with pleasure anytime.
I loved staying in Uzes at Alexander's lovely house. It was a pleasure communicating with him, and he always responded promptly to my emails.
The house is cleverly designed and renovated over four levels. As described in the listing, there are narrow stairs connecting the levels, which I didn't find to be a problem. The loggia kitchen area on the top level has wonderful views of rooftops and the Duchy palace tower.
Uzes is a beautiful town with extraordinary architecture, great restaurants & cafes, interesting shops & a fabulous market twice a week in the leafy Place aux Herbes. I hope to return one day & would be delighted to stay in Alexander's house again.
Alexander provided us with a valuable lot of information before we went to Uzes. His attention to detail was appreciated.
The quality of the bed linen and towels was superb.
Alexander had ensured there were some provisions in the fridge for us which was so kind. The first time that has happened for us using airbandb. Especially as we had travelled a long way to get to Uzes it helped our arrival.
Checking in and out was easy. We met Nellie as we were leaving. The face Alex does not live in France is no problem as he is very prompt to answer.
The bike was missing when we arrived but soon after found . We hired other bikes before hand and did some great rides.
The local green grocer was a gem and we liked the market.
All in all a good experience.
Alexander is a great host - always available, responsive and concerned to know that things are going well, despite being all the way in Copenhagen. The location is fantastic - right in the centre, only a few cobbled streets from the Place de Herbes, and in a very quiet zone. We found outdoor parking just a block away which was very convenient. The apartment is unusual in its tall narrow structure but it is a lovely space - comfortable, interesting and has much of what anyone could need. Also some great cookbooks and music and beautiful Danish blankets for getting cosy on a rainy day! Thank you Alexander for a special experience of our favourite Uzes.
About the Host, Alexander
Airbnb has been a successful outlet both for renting our house in France and our flat in Copenhagen, as well as for finding accommodation away from home when we have the opportunity to see more of the world.
It’s clearly a brilliant way of meeting and connecting with good and interesting people, and it goes without saying that as house guests we would be as respectful of your home as we hope and expect guests at our homes will be.
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, with my partner Luis (& our cat Gustus), I work as a corporate journalist in the cleantech industry and do some creative writing on the side. Luis is a geographer mapping the seas of Greenland for the Danish government.
Taking our cue from Airbnb's recommendations, the five things we couldn't live without are probably our communication devices, books, music, travel and the people we love.
Favourite book: Lawrence Durrell's The Alexandria Quartet. Favourite travel destination: Uzès, of course.
As Airbnb hosts, we enjoy sharing our own passion for and knowledge of both Uzès & Copenhagen: expect to rent from people who take a keen interest in making sure you enjoy your stay and will like their favourite places as much as they do!